Support for Morocco’s Territorial Integrity Unites GCC Countries at UN
The disagreements between the GCC countries were irrelevant when it comes to expressing support for Morocco’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over the Sahara.
All Gulf countries have expressed their full support for Morocco’s unity before the UN Fourth Committee, saying that the autonomy initiative offered by the Kingdom stands as a serious and credible solution.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Qatar all spoke with one voice in support of the Moroccan stand on the Sahara issue mirroring long standing ties and principled position regarding the Sahara issue.
Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al Mouallimi, said before the Fourth Committee that Morocco continues to participate, seriously and in good faith, in the search of a permanent solution to the Sahara issue. He reaffirmed that Saudi Arabia has welcomed Morocco’s autonomy proposal as a constructive, equitable and realistic solution, in accordance with international law and UN resolutions.
Echoing the Saudi diplomat, the delegates of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Yemen have reiterated a similar position and expressed support to the Moroccan autonomy initiative. They likewise welcomed the efforts made by Morocco to achieve a definitive solution, underlining that the Security Council has, in all its resolutions since 2007 and until 2018, qualified these efforts as serious and credible, paving the way towards a final settlement.
Morocco in turn did not shy away from expressing support for the UAE’s legitimate demands to its islands that are still under the yoke of Iranian occupation.